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Gas. Cigarettes. Booze. How do PA and NJ taxes on them compare to other states?

October 5, 2018

Shown is the Pennsylvania Capitol building in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday, July 10, 2017.

By Staff

Motorists fueling up in New Jersey this week began feeling the effect of a state gas tax increase that added 4.3 cents to the per-gallon cost. The state’s total gas tax still pales in comparison to Pennsylvania’s — the highest in the nation.  But in both states, the fuel levy is just one of many fees that state governments have tacked onto everyday purchases.

Excise taxes — added to the purchase prices of items such as gasoline, alcohol, and cigarettes — are common across the country. Lawmakers often see them as more palatable than increasing sales or income taxes, which affect all residents.

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